Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, March 27, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 9
5. Joe Roa in 2003
When he stepped off the mound, licked his fingers, and touched the rim if his cap, it was a bad sign for the Phillies.
In 2002 with Scranton/Wilkes-Berre, Roa won the International League Most Valuable Pitcher award. He was 14-0 with a 1.86 ERA. He was called up, and managed to have a tolerable 4.04 ERA in 14 games. However, in 6 games in 2003, Roa had an ERA of 6.05 and 1.66 WHIP.
During the 19.1 innings he pitched, he allowed 13 earned runs on 28 hits. Opponents batted .341 off him, and had a .924 OPS against him.
At Veterans Stadium, Roa was 0-3 and his ERA was 8.80.
During June of 2003, he was granted free agency and played with the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres for the remainder of the year. Roa last pitched in 48 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2004, posting a 4.50 ERA.
Perhaps he should of been a hitter. He is a career .213 hitter. On August 27, 2002, Roa was 2-2 with 2 RBI against the Montreal Expos.